On Thursday, April 5, 2018, the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Arizona Daily Star’s editorial department co-sponsored the Early Childhood Education Leadership Summit at UA Downtown. The event was convened by Brint Milward, director of the UA School of Government and Public Policy, and Sarah Garrecht Gassen, editorial page editor of the Arizona Daily Star.
The working session brought together over 50 leaders from varied sectors in Tucson and across Pima County – including representatives from the education, nonprofit, and business communities. The attendees collaborated in small groups led by facilitator Catherine Tornbom (Center for Community Dialogue) and her volunteer facilitators.
The summit’s main objectives were to consider the numerous issues that have prevented a cohesive plan for early childhood education from succeeding thus far and to work toward next steps for making high quality education a reality for a significant number of 3- and 4-year-olds in the community.
More information on the summit and early childhood education efforts can be found in Gassen’s editorial from Sunday, April 8th. The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Arizona Daily Star are thrilled to continue supporting further efforts to establish early childhood education programs in Pima County.